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Boy killed after kite-flying row

An Indian boy has been kicked to death by a gang in a row over kite-flying from the rooftops of Delhi.

Rajan Chand, 17, had been flying a kite last week when he apparently angered another boy by snapping the line on his kite, police said. The boy threatened Rajan, who took it as a passing remark.

The next evening the boy and three others attacked Rajan and his friend, beating them unconsious. Rajan was declared dead on arrival at hospital late, while his friend is still receiving treatment for injuries.

Police said a 16-year-old and a 17-year-old were arrested after the attack and local residents demonstrated in front of the police station against the killing.

It was not clear if Rajan and the other boy had been in a kite-flying competition or if it was just an accident. Kite-flying can be competitive in India and other South Asian countries, with competitors often coating their lines with powdered glass in order to slice through others' lines.

August is considered peak season for kite flying in northern India, with the monsoon season bringing strong, warm winds.

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